OT Clemmons another Southern target for Card

One of Stanford's top offensive line prospects for the class of 2010 is tackle Cameron Clemmons. The son of former University of Tennessee football player Tony Clemmons, Cameron has flown under the radar of most major college programs, but seems to have the size, agility, and pedigree to be a legitimate BCS football prospect.

With only one offer from a major BCS conference, Cameron Clemmons (Wilson HS; Lebanon, Tenn.) said his recruitment is wide open as he waits for more schools to jump in the mix.

"Everybody's still pretty even right now," Clemmons said. "I want to see all the offers and wait and see which place is right for me."

Clemmons holds three offers from Western Kentucky, Tennessee-Martin and, most recently, Stanford. Additionally, he reports frequent contact and heavy interest from Vanderbilt, Illinois and Tennessee. At this point Clemmons is in the process of gathering more information on those schools showing interest.

"I'm looking for a place where I feel at home and where I feel comfortable," Clemmons said. "Also, I'm looking for a place where I like the coaches and I'm comfortable with them and the people at that school, and a place my parents feel comfortable with as well."

Like many recruits, Clemmons admits he would feel more comfortable attending a university closer to his home in Tennessee.

"Yeah, distance is a factor," Clemmons said. "With Stanford being so far away, my parents [might not] feel comfortable all the way out there. Distance will be a factor anywhere I go."

Still, Clemmons plans to take a trip to Palo Alto to get better acquainted with the Stanford program in the near-future.

"Hopefully I'm going to be able to come up to Stanford this summer," Clemmons said. "My family is trying to plan that out."

But with location a major factor for Clemmons, why is he still considering the Cardinal?

"Obviously the academics stand out, and they're a hungry football team," Clemmons said. "They want to win. I talked to [offensive line coach Greg] Roman and Coach Jim Harbaugh and I really like those two a lot. I like the football program and everything Stanford has to offer. It would attract everybody. I'm just real interested especially in the academic aspect of it – I'm real heavy on that."

Clemmons said he speaks with Coach Roman "every few weeks," and just had a lengthy phone call with Coach Harbaugh a few weeks back.

"It would be great to play for them," Clemmons said. "They're smart people and they know football. Coach Harbaugh is a football guy – his whole family is in football. Then Coach Roman has been in the NFL, so they know what it takes to bring the best out of you."

In those conversations with the Stanford coaches, Clemmons has gotten an idea of what he needs to do to gain admission should he sign with Stanford.

"I've talked to Coach Roman about admissions a little bit," the futures sports medicine major said. "We talked about the ACT and all that. We really didn't get specific, but he told me I needed to somewhere around a 24 range and he wanted me to take the written test. And he talked about some of the classes I needed to take next year to help prepare for that."

For now, Clemmons, yet to be evaluated by Scout.com or Rivals.com, reports a 21 ACT score--with plans for a retake--and a 4.2 GPA.

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